September 7, 2008

Nature, enhanced

Fair weather nature lovers -- those who need more than "just" trees to wander appreciatively in the woods -- have no better excuse than the annual Hawthorn Hollow Walk in the Woods Art Fair.

The 16th Annual Fair took place Saturday at the nature sanctuary and arboretum, and the 40 acres of trees and lush pathways were gussied up with more than 50 vendors selling hand-made crafts of all descriptions. Meanwhile, music was drifting throughout the grounds, emanating from live musicians playing in the Amphitheatre.

Joe Fonk, director of Hawthorne Hollow, invites visitors "to return on a quieter day to enjoy a walk in the woods," which is not a bad idea -- but for me it's more fun to come when dozens of talented artisans are showing off the best of their creations. So, take your pick, visit Hawthorn Hollow (located at 880 Green Bay Road, in Somers) between March 1 and Oct. 31, and Nov. 1 to Dec. 23 to commune with nature, or at the art fair to see (and buy) things like the sampling below.

Sax Fish Avenue, by Ray Foster of Kansasville, $330

Carved wooden mouse by Dewey Johnson of Racine, $25

Turned wooden bowl by Kent Mayes of Somers, $300

Birdhouse by Sue Knox of Cedarburg, $34

Field of black-eyed Susan photo by Bruce McCurdy, Kenosha, $85

Hand-woven basket by Judith and David Street, Green Lake, $52

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